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The Climate Change Lawsuits Against Big Oil, Explained

Big Tobacco’s Master Settlement Agreement in 1998 was the largest civil settlement in the nation’s history and a transformative moment in the industry’s control. The accord reached by 46 states, five United States territories, and the District of Columbia required tobacco manufacturers to pay the states billions of dollars annually in compensation for the public health crisis their products had created. Today, an even bigger crisis looms, with increasing demands for accountability. Over a dozen federal cases have now been filed against oil companies, seeking damages for their role in causing climate change. With one exception, the cases have been brought by states or local governments that claim they and their citizens are suffering harm from climate change.

Type: Op-Eds (Jan. 29, 2021)
PDF: The Climate Change Lawsuits Against Big Oil
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Author(s): Daniel Farber
Tags: climate justice climate change climate crisis
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment

Climate Action Supporters: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Not Your Friend

A week after taking office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order “on tackling the climate crisis” that aims to face the challenge comprehensively and equitably. Biden has quickly appointed and seen confirmed a team of leaders who are committed to all aspects of this mission. Our country is finally on the cusp of meaningful climate action. The climate action train is so popular that even fossil fuel companies, which have historically sought to derail it, are now saying they’re on board. We should, of course, welcome all sincere collaborators; the fossil fuel industry is not among them.

Type: Op-Eds (May 2, 2021)
PDF: fossil-fuel-industry-climate-greenwashing-sokol-oped-050221.pdf
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Author(s): Karen Sokol
Tags: climate change climate crisis fossil fuels
Categories: Energy & Environment Energy & Environment